Monday, August 4, 2008

Pasta with Asparagus!

Feeling a bit creative in the kitchen tonight, I whipped up a simple, light and very yummy meal in no time at all. Since my visit to Sam's Club on Saturday resulted in over 2 pounds of fresh asparagus in my fridge I knew I must use it or lose it! Last night I seasoned half of it with fresh garlic, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil and grilled it. Leaving the other pound of this yummy veggie, I knew I had to take advantage of the remainder in my fridge.
Here's what you will need to get started:
  • half box of thin spaghetti
  • 1 pound of fresh asparagus - cut into 2 inch pieces
  • half pound of fresh peas (I bought these at our local Adam's Farm)
  • 1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic - minced or chopped
  • half onion - chopped finely
  • fresh Parmesan cheese - the good stuff, not the stuff in the green container
  • tiny bit of red pepper flakes
  • and lastly, my favorite, extra virgin olive oil

Now I don't have to tell you to cook your spaghetti as usual. Two minutes before your spaghetti is done, throw in your asparagus and fresh peas.

In a separate pan, add the olive oil. I usually add the olive oil to just slightly coat the bottom of your pan. Get it nice and hot. Add your garlic. Stir...stir...stir! Next, add your onions. Keep stirring until the onions are transparent. Now either cut off the stove or if you can multi task, go rescue your noodles.

Now that the noodles, asparagus and peas are finished, reserve about one cup of the liquid. You will use this later.

I don't like to rinse my pasta. Some people do. You decide for yourself.

Throw the noodles, asparagus and peas into the garlic and onion. Use medium heat. Add a little of the liquid to the pan. Add a little more olive oil, but not too much. You want this to be light! Stir well. Add a bit more liquid until you get the noodles to coat nicely.

Transfer to a lovely serving platter. Toss 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, a bit of sea salt, red pepper flakes and some fresh ground pepper. Serve with a nice tossed salad and share with 3 other family or friends. They will love you forever!


Anonymous said...

Hi Deb, that pasta dish sounds lovely, and your sisters garden really is beautiful. Happy summer LOL !!

Carole xx

Jamie Payne said...

Yummy! I love asparagus and peas!!! This is definitely something I will have to wip up for one of the nights when mom joins us for dinner. Thanks for sharing:)

Chere said...

Sounds really good. Did you get the peas at Adams Farm on hwy 54 in Peachtree City? I will have to make this.

Deb said...

Yes I did! I wouldn't shop for fresh veggies anywhere else!